Guyanese Ramdhani appointed Head Coach of Olds College Broncos Badminton team
Renowned Guyanese badminton coach and current president of the Guyana Badminton Association, Gokarn Ramdhani, has been appointed Head Coach of the Olds College Broncos Badminton team in Alberta, Canada.
In 2019, Ramdhani was the Technical Coach of the Broncos, who copped one silver and five bronze medals at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Provincial Championships and placed fourth at Nationals in Mississauga, Canada.
Athletics Manager of Olds College, Trina Radcliffe, said: “Gokarn brings so much experience and passion for the game of badminton. It was a natural fit for him to move into the Head Coach role after being the Lead Technical Coach last year under Mary Smith. The student-athletes will have the opportunity to learn from one of the best.”
Ramdhani said he is happy to be elevated to the post, noting that it not only affords him the opportunity to improve on his craft, but also provides a platform to draft international players.
A distinguished career
“I started in 1983 playing when I attend Queen’s College and made it into the national team in 1985. It was such a memorable time playing with then top players and many times I use to ride from Republic Park to Queen’s College so that I can play with the top players from Linden- Nathan Montague, Billy Holder, Elroy Glasgow Mike Brummell. In those days training and keeping fit was needed and as you had to keep up if you wanted to get selected,” Ramdhani reflected.
“My training was waking up in the morning at five and running over Guy bridge and back, weights training three times a week and practice five times in a week. It was rewarding as my Doubles partner Sean Barnwell and I held the most titles during the 80’s and 90’s. Special mention to the late Ms. Ismay Holder who taught me a lot in becoming a Sport Administrator by putting me on the executive of the Guyana Badminton Association which I continue to run to this day. I am also at the moment the longest-serving Council Member on the Guyana Olympic Association from 1988 to date.”
Ramdhani has also kept the Yonex Badminton Club running since 1985 when he took over from the later Philip Small.
“I remember taking our Club players to Barbados 10 years in a row to play the Shuttlers Badminton Club and attend Crop Over Carnival after the tournament. Our Club also helped players to get jobs through our recommendations and some who attend International Institutions,” Ramdhani highlighted.
He added, “My pet project was Coaching and running the programme for the Marian Academy Badminton team for over 10 years. Here I was able to produce players who made it on the national team. I am hoping we can get through this pandemic soon, as we need to get the players back on court and our programmes restarted and especially as they were doing so well both locally and internationally. We have medalled at CAREBACO, Suriname International and Pan Am Tournaments many times. We were also the CAREBACO Junior Champions for the last two years and medalled in the Seniors.”
“I am proud of all my players that I coached and even more so my own two children Narayan and Priyanna, who have reached so far in Badminton, winning so many national tournaments and medalling at so many Internationals that they are now both on Badminton Scholarships as Student/Athletes in Canada. My wife Emily also played a leading role as my right hand in the running of Badminton in Guyana.”
“It’s a lot of sacrifice, but it’s for a good cause. All depends how what’s your goal. Mine is to reach the Olympics. My best moments other than producing players and medalling at tournaments was receiving the Guyana Olympic Association Sport Award in 2015 and the Marian Academy High School Sports Award.
Certificate in Badminton – Olympic Solidarity (Guyana) 1997
Diploma in Badminton – Hungary 1999
Certificate in Sports Administration – IOC (Guyana) 1999
Certificate in Badminton – Olympic Solidarity (Guyana) 2000
Certificate in Planning Sports Success- (Guyana) 2001
Certificate in Badminton -Level 1 Coach (Colorado USA) 2003
Diploma in Badminton – Level 11 Coach (Lima, Peru) 2005
Diploma in Badminton – Level 111 Coach (Lima, Peru) 2006
Diploma in Badminton – Continental (Veracruz Mexico) 2009
Diploma in Badminton-Modern Training (Hunan, China) 2011
Certificate in Badminton-Regional Coaching (Barbados) 2016
Certificate in Badminton-BWF Shuttle Time Tutor (Guy) 2017
Certificate in Badminton-Coaches Conference (Trinidad 2018
Certificate in Badminton-BWF Coach Level 1 (Jamaica) 2019
Certificate in Sports Psychology-Paso/Pan Am (Canada) 2020
Current Sport Portfolios:
President/National Coach- Guyana Badminton Association
Owner/Head Coach – Yonex Badminton Club (Guyana)
Head Coach – Olds College Broncos (Canada)
Council Member – Guyana Olympic Association
Council Member- Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation
Voluntary Head Coach – Marian Academy High School
Guyana’s Delegate – Badminton World Federation
Chair of Communications – Badminton Pan American Confederation
2nd Vice President – Central America and Caribbean Badminton Associations
Guyana National Badminton Player-1985-1997 (Played in CAREBACO and Canadian International)
Last Career Tournament- Curacao International Open Doubles Champion- 1997
TEAM COACH/MANAGER AT: Caribbean Games, South American Games, Commonwealth Games, CAC Games, Pan Am Games, World Juniors, Suriname International, Pan American and Caribbean Championships.
REPRESENTED GUYANA AS: Chef de Mission – South American Games (Colombia) 2010, Commonwealth Youth Games (Isle of Man) 2011 and South American Games (Chile) 2014.